Bell Ups Jet Ranger Useful Load

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In addition to receiving the original XV-3 tiltrotor for restoration, Textron's Bell Helicopter unit last month announced completing a certification program that increases the internal gross weight limit for the 206B to 3,350 pounds, an increase of 150 pounds. Takeoff at internal gross weight above 3,200 pounds will require that airspeed is limited to 78 KIAS until a corresponding amount of fuel is consumed. The useful load increase will enable the JetRanger to be more competitive in the light helicopter market, according to the company. The additional capacity will benefit the law-enforcement market in particular, as agencies will be able to expand mission capabilities and aircraft effectiveness. The internal gross weight increase will be certified as an FAA STC and will be applicable to all Bell 206B Jet Rangers in the field.